Last summer I read somewhere that Americans who choose to make charitable contributions donate, on average, 5 percent of their gross annual income. I decided I would shoot to surpass that mark and that I would do it by making a few substantial contributions to organizations I admire rather than by dribs and drabs to a lot of places. I plan to increase my charitable gifts every year from now until I retire.
As I've gotten older, I find I have very few wants. (Several pairs of comfortable shoes would be nice, but I can't get motivated to go buy them.) At this point in life, I am fortunate to say there is truly nothing I need. I am, of course, responsibly saving for my future, but as retirement nears, this doesn't give me the thrill it once did. Meaningful contributions to—investments in—nonprofit organizations I believe in—now that is satisfying!
For all these reasons, I am proud to make my gift to the Naval Institute in honor of my son, Private Joshua K. Raup, USMC.
Help Us Complete Admiral "Beetle" Forbes' Oral History
Work continues on Vice Admiral Bernard B. "Beetle" Forbes Jr.'s oral history project as contributed funds allow. Before his death in June 2002, this colorful and popular aviator recounted his life story during interviews with Naval Institute historian Paul Stillwell. Donations are needed to underwrite the substantial costs of footnoting, proofreading, indexing, and binding the transcript. Tax-deductible contributions of all amounts by check or credit card are appreciated, and can be mailed to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. Those who donate $1,000 or more to the Forbes project will be recognized in the bound volume. If you can help, please contact Sue Sweeney at (410) 295-1054 or at email@example.com .
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